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Guidelines

high school girls in locker room

Kids and teens gain many benefits from a physically active lifestyle.  This can happen as part of play, physical education and games and sport in school, the family and the community. To support this, a number of guidelines have been developed for schools by the NSW Government and the Australian Government.

Student fitness and physical activity

A memorandum to all Principals of NSW public schools (98/263) from the NSW Department of Education and Training:
Memorandum to All Principals: Student Fitness and Physical Activity Action Plan - NSW Department of Education and Training website (PDF 172kb) 

Curriculum policy standards for government schools

The standards state that primary schools are to include 120 minutes of planned physical activity each week. THis can be achieved through physical education and sport. 
Policy Standards for Curriculum Planning and Programming, Assessing and Reporting to Parents K-12 - NSW Department of Education and Training website (PDF 96kb)  

Guidelines for the safe conduct of sport and physical activity in schools

These guidelines were developed to inform and support school communities in planning and implementing safe sport and physical activity in NSW public schools:
Guidelines for Specific Sports and Physical Activities - NSW Department of Education and Training School Sport Unit website (new window) 

Protection from the sun

Schools have a responsibility to provide a safe environment for students and staff during physical activity, which includes protection from the sun. The sun protection policy for public schools in NSW explains school responsibilities. 

Sun safety: NSW Department of Education and Communities (new window)

Guidelines for using contracted external providers for physical education and school sport

These guidelines were developed by the NSW Premier's Council for Active Living to assist primary schools using contracted external providers for physical education and school sport.
Premier's Council for Active Living New South Wales: Guidelines for Using Contracted External Providers for Physical Education and School Sport - New South Wales Government, Premier's Council for Active Living website (PDF 943kb)  

Guidelines for using external providers for physical activity in out of school hours care centres

These guidelines were developed by the NSW Premiers Council for Active Living to assist Out of school hours centres using contracted external providers for activity.
Premier's Council for Active Living New South Wales: Guidelines for Using External Providers for Physical Activity in Out of School Hours Centres - New South Wales Government, Premier's Council for Active Living website (PDF 741kb) 

Physical Activity Recommendations for 12-18 year olds

The National Physical Activity Guidelines for adolescents outline the minimum levels of physical activity required to gain a health benefit and ways to incorporate incidental physical activity into everyday life.

Physical Activity: Physical Activity Recommendations for 12-18 year olds - Australian Government, Department of Health and Ageing website (new window)